Monday, February 6, 2017

Every Breath Counts

In your daily life
every breath counts

In your daily karate training
every breath counts

When you pray
When you meditate
every breath counts

When you move
When you sit and be still
every breath counts

When there is breath
the technique comes from
A spiritual place
This is Budo


Saturday, July 30, 2016

Using the preparation for down block in each of the Heian Katas

The preparation for down block gedanbarai  can be found in each of the Heian Katas. Here is a basic  application using the preparation for down block as the primary blocking technique in each of the Heian katas.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Dojo Kata is not competition Kata

There are many people who started their karate training in the last 5 to 8 years who only know competition sport karate. These sport karate competitors have only been taught sport karate style katas. Very fast movement, long drawn out pauses. Robotic transitions and not showing any fight or bunki in the kata. When they see a kata not done in this (sport competition) manner they think there is something wrong with the way the kata was performed.  It's simply doing Kata in the Dojo.

Understanding Kata

The study, understanding and use   of Kata application when applying to self-defense.

Think of Kata as a coded physical language that has to be translated to be completely understood. As in all languages there are many dialects and accents.


Kata and Self Defense

Think of Kata as self-defense against one or two opponents Think of each individual movement of kata as a singular fighting technique, that may draw from the previous movement or help set up the next movement.
Know that techniques change principles do not change

                                jrg,ccdk 6/16

Friday, January 8, 2016


A discipline that integrates Practical Technique of Combat (bu)
Mental Alertness and a
Spiritual Presenceas a way of life jrg11/12/16©

Monday, November 2, 2015

The effects of striking to pressure points

Using hammer fist from the kata sifa to strike the top of the head causes the brain to suddenly and violently slam against the interior bony structure of the skull. The result of such a blow causes dizziness and possibly blackout.  When this trauma occurs, the brain simply cannot maintain its normal functioning and shuts down causing unconsciousness or partially shuts down causing a feeling of being dazed, until cellular functioning can recover. "Mild brain injury" refers to the extent of loss of consciousness 30 minutes or less and length of amnesia 24 hours or less, not to the functional effects.

Using the thrust punch from heian shodan to strike the solar plexus. Striking the solar plexus can have a varied effect, but basically the most common effect of a well-placed solar plexus strike is a muscle spasm of the diaphragm. This causes the reaction of the person not being able to "catch their breath" or breathe deeply. Other residual effects include items such as damage to the ribs at the base of the sternum; possible heart bruising. A blow to this region can also affect the celiac plexus itself, possibly interfering with the functioning of the viscera, as well as causing great pain perceived to come from the viscera (as the viscera nerves run through this plexus). It carries pain “messages” from the pancreas, liver, kidney, gall bladder, spleen and bowels. It may also temporarily halt visceral functioning.

Using the front kick from gekki sai ich to strike the lower stomach can cause damage to muscle, tendons, ligaments, and genitals. Hernias from muscle tears and weakening. Also striking the lower abdominal can cause some one o urinate on themselves. Your insides are literally being forced backward, into an unnatural position. In addition, they are relatively sensitive and the nerves in your torso tell your brain that you are in pain. Next, the force of the punch is forcing your diaphragm to expel air; hence the term "knocking the wind out of someone." This causes you to gasp for air, making it difficult to breathe. Oh, and let's not forget about your inflexed muscles. They feel the brunt of the guy's fist too, causing even more pain.

Using the foot sweep from Gekisai ich  to attack the legs can cause the person the become unbalanced and lose their footing which will leave them open for other attacks. Such as takedowns various hand strikes to the head nd body and aiki jistu controlling techniques.

Andrew James Moreno, Sensei CCDK

Recourses used
The Karate Dojo by Peter Urban
My Way of Life by Gichin Funakoushi
Conversations and training
Dr. Balfour Wright, Hanshi
Ricado Johns Sr, Hanshi
Jeff Ghee, Shihan